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Old Feb 4, 2012, 01:46 PM   #1
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$45 Unlimited Talk, Text, Data on Straight Talk (AT&T MVNO)?

Has anybody tried using Straight Talk for their iPhone? From reading around it looks like they use AT&T's postpaid network. I read that they will work with any AT&T locked phone, including the AT&T locked iPhone, because they are supposedly an AT&T MVNO. Can anyone confirm this?

http://www.straighttalksim.com/

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Old Feb 4, 2012, 01:51 PM   #2
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Old Feb 4, 2012, 02:12 PM   #3
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i'm interested as well. it seems cheap but their website gives little detail.

is it 3G or 2G data?
what are the international rates? they say you can sign up for international plans however they don't give you the prices before you sign up.

it say's only at walmart. does that mean it's a walmart subsidiary?
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Old Feb 4, 2012, 02:36 PM   #4
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From what I understand Straight talk uses T-Mobiles network. Thats why its so cheap, People I know have coverage like T-Mobile in my area (which is bad) rather than a strong fast signal like At&t (which has great coverage where I live)


Edit: But while looking at their website, voice coverage seems to match At&t's map. So it may be possible.
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Old Feb 4, 2012, 06:50 PM   #5
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From what I understand Straight talk uses T-Mobiles network. Thats why its so cheap, People I know have coverage like T-Mobile in my area (which is bad) rather than a strong fast signal like At&t (which has great coverage where I live)


Edit: But while looking at their website, voice coverage seems to match At&t's map. So it may be possible.
From what I understand and read, which network you use depends on which phone you bring over.
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Old Feb 4, 2012, 08:51 PM   #6
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Can't use mms on straight talk without a jailbreak. Here's something I found on how to make the AT&T iPhone work. This is from 2010.

http://www.howardforums.com/showthre...o-make-it-work!
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Old Feb 4, 2012, 10:51 PM   #7
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you can use straighttalk but it appears to be a big pain as you can't just get a sim and use it with your iphone. You have to get a certain smartphone and use that sim for it to work. Requires a little too much money upfront IMO. I use Red Pocket and have used H2O which both run on AT&T as well so you don't have to be unlocked. I pay $59.99/month for unlimited talk/text/2gb data. Works nice and u aren't charged any tax either.....

you can get h2o sims at bestbuy and i got my red pocket sim on amazon for $2.89...use a sim cutter and you're good to go.
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Old Feb 5, 2012, 02:52 AM   #8
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you can use straighttalk but it appears to be a big pain as you can't just get a sim and use it with your iphone. You have to get a certain smartphone and use that sim for it to work. Requires a little too much money upfront IMO. I use Red Pocket and have used H2O which both run on AT&T as well so you don't have to be unlocked. I pay $59.99/month for unlimited talk/text/2gb data. Works nice and u aren't charged any tax either.....

you can get h2o sims at bestbuy and i got my red pocket sim on amazon for $2.89...use a sim cutter and you're good to go.
obviously you have not heard about the new byod by straight talk!
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Old Feb 5, 2012, 10:05 AM   #9
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Did a LOT of research on this just yesterday, actually!

Currently, it is technically against the terms of service to use any other phone than the ones they specifically sell, though they haven't been checking the IMEIs unless you called for support. However, you would need to purchase a $50 Nokia phone (refurbished), activate everything on that device, and THEN transfer the SIM to the iPhone.

Here's a good guide on getting it set up:
http://wiki.howardforums.com/index.p...ht_Talk_iPhone

The Nokia devices come with SIMs that use AT&T's network.

Starting on Feb 7th, Straight Talk will be selling SIM cards for unlocked devices (though you wouldn't necessary need unlocked if you have an AT&T iPhone anyway) as part of a new service... only initial cost will be a $15 SIM fee (much better than the $50 phone), AND you don't have to worry about them terminating your service by using a non-official phone, since this new service is BYOD ("bring your own device"). Still $45 unlimited everything, and perfectly legal now. (Note that you cannot use a CDMA iPhone 4 or 4S with Straight Talk. It must be GSM)

Here's the site for more info on the SIM offer, starting Tuesday:
http://straighttalksim.com/

One concern, that will still hold for the new BYOD service is the data limitations. While it is technically unlimited, they have cut some people off who use high amounts of data (i.e. 5-10+ GB per month). It is recommended by people online that you try to stay below 2GB per month if possible. However, people who have gone over have been able to call up (they claim to have said they left YouTube open), and have their data re-activated. In general, it seems as long as you don't go crazy with data usage, you'll be fine.

Some other things to note include the 3G speed, which is usually around 2-3Mbps down on the 3GS and 4, and I've seen screenshots of up to 5-6Mbps on the iPhone 4S. The carrier in the top left of the screen (next to your bars) will read "HOME" rather than "AT&T". You can change this if you'd like if you are jailbroken by using an app called FakeCarrier.

3G data, Push email, FaceTime, and iMessage all work if you use the APN of "att.mvno". MMS works for some, though may require a jailbreak application. I'm not concerned about MMS though, and I don't jailbreak. I rarely receive them, and I can send images as emails if I need to. Personal hotspot also only works for some, but there are some ideas out there on how to activate it without a jailbreak, though it is technically against their Terms of Service, and you could be red-flagged in their system if you use tons of data tethering all day.


I hope this post has helped; I will most likely be ordering the new SIM next week to use this service on my 4S, finally an upgrade from EDGE on T-Mobile, which I use currently.
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awesome write up, thanks for the info. Stinks that I have the verizon 4S or I think that I would probably do this...
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Old Feb 5, 2012, 03:31 PM   #11
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Did a LOT of research on this just yesterday, actually!

Currently, it is technically against the terms of service to use any other phone than the ones they specifically sell, though they haven't been checking the IMEIs unless you called for support. However, you would need to purchase a $50 Nokia phone (refurbished), activate everything on that device, and THEN transfer the SIM to the iPhone.

Here's a good guide on getting it set up:
http://wiki.howardforums.com/index.p...ht_Talk_iPhone

The Nokia devices come with SIMs that use AT&T's network.

Starting on Feb 7th, Straight Talk will be selling SIM cards for unlocked devices (though you wouldn't necessary need unlocked if you have an AT&T iPhone anyway) as part of a new service... only initial cost will be a $15 SIM fee (much better than the $50 phone), AND you don't have to worry about them terminating your service by using a non-official phone, since this new service is BYOD ("bring your own device"). Still $45 unlimited everything, and perfectly legal now. (Note that you cannot use a CDMA iPhone 4 or 4S with Straight Talk. It must be GSM)

Here's the site for more info on the SIM offer, starting Tuesday:
http://straighttalksim.com/

One concern, that will still hold for the new BYOD service is the data limitations. While it is technically unlimited, they have cut some people off who use high amounts of data (i.e. 5-10+ GB per month). It is recommended by people online that you try to stay below 2GB per month if possible. However, people who have gone over have been able to call up (they claim to have said they left YouTube open), and have their data re-activated. In general, it seems as long as you don't go crazy with data usage, you'll be fine.

Some other things to note include the 3G speed, which is usually around 2-3Mbps down on the 3GS and 4, and I've seen screenshots of up to 5-6Mbps on the iPhone 4S. The carrier in the top left of the screen (next to your bars) will read "HOME" rather than "AT&T". You can change this if you'd like if you are jailbroken by using an app called FakeCarrier.

3G data, Push email, FaceTime, and iMessage all work if you use the APN of "att.mvno". MMS works for some, though may require a jailbreak application. I'm not concerned about MMS though, and I don't jailbreak. I rarely receive them, and I can send images as emails if I need to. Personal hotspot also only works for some, but there are some ideas out there on how to activate it without a jailbreak, though it is technically against their Terms of Service, and you could be red-flagged in their system if you use tons of data tethering all day.


I hope this post has helped; I will most likely be ordering the new SIM next week to use this service on my 4S, finally an upgrade from EDGE on T-Mobile, which I use currently.
great write up! let us know how it goes as soon as you have set up your iPhone. I'm particularly interested how well visual voicemail works.
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Old Feb 11, 2012, 02:44 PM   #12
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Did a LOT of research on this just yesterday, actually!

Currently, it is technically against the terms of service to use any other phone than the ones they specifically sell, though they haven't been checking the IMEIs unless you called for support. However, you would need to purchase a $50 Nokia phone (refurbished), activate everything on that device, and THEN transfer the SIM to the iPhone.

Here's a good guide on getting it set up:
http://wiki.howardforums.com/index.p...ht_Talk_iPhone

The Nokia devices come with SIMs that use AT&T's network.

Starting on Feb 7th, Straight Talk will be selling SIM cards for unlocked devices (though you wouldn't necessary need unlocked if you have an AT&T iPhone anyway) as part of a new service... only initial cost will be a $15 SIM fee (much better than the $50 phone), AND you don't have to worry about them terminating your service by using a non-official phone, since this new service is BYOD ("bring your own device"). Still $45 unlimited everything, and perfectly legal now. (Note that you cannot use a CDMA iPhone 4 or 4S with Straight Talk. It must be GSM)

Here's the site for more info on the SIM offer, starting Tuesday:
http://straighttalksim.com/

One concern, that will still hold for the new BYOD service is the data limitations. While it is technically unlimited, they have cut some people off who use high amounts of data (i.e. 5-10+ GB per month). It is recommended by people online that you try to stay below 2GB per month if possible. However, people who have gone over have been able to call up (they claim to have said they left YouTube open), and have their data re-activated. In general, it seems as long as you don't go crazy with data usage, you'll be fine.

Some other things to note include the 3G speed, which is usually around 2-3Mbps down on the 3GS and 4, and I've seen screenshots of up to 5-6Mbps on the iPhone 4S. The carrier in the top left of the screen (next to your bars) will read "HOME" rather than "AT&T". You can change this if you'd like if you are jailbroken by using an app called FakeCarrier.

3G data, Push email, FaceTime, and iMessage all work if you use the APN of "att.mvno". MMS works for some, though may require a jailbreak application. I'm not concerned about MMS though, and I don't jailbreak. I rarely receive them, and I can send images as emails if I need to. Personal hotspot also only works for some, but there are some ideas out there on how to activate it without a jailbreak, though it is technically against their Terms of Service, and you could be red-flagged in their system if you use tons of data tethering all day.


I hope this post has helped; I will most likely be ordering the new SIM next week to use this service on my 4S, finally an upgrade from EDGE on T-Mobile, which I use currently.
Wow, this is cool!
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Old Feb 6, 2012, 04:15 PM   #13
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obviously you have not heard about the new byod by straight talk!
lol it was just announced a few days ago and isn't available until tomorrow.
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Old Feb 4, 2012, 11:36 PM   #14
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The website seems to imply that the plan is BYOD, so I don't think there should be a need to use some loophole or buy any additional smartphones.

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The website seems to imply that the plan is BYOD, so I don't think there should be a need to use some loophole or buy any additional smartphones.
The talk (un-verified) is that the plan is not really unlimited. Needs more research.
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Old Feb 5, 2012, 01:17 AM   #16
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Has anybody tried using Straight Talk for their iPhone? From reading around it looks like they use AT&T's postpaid network. I read that they will work with any AT&T locked phone, including the AT&T locked iPhone, because they are supposedly an AT&T MVNO. Can anyone confirm this?

http://www.straighttalksim.com/
ye it works, even get 3G service too
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anyone now to setup data only go to apn page and choose the correct profile but for pictures message ?
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anyone now to setup data only go to apn page and choose the correct profile but for pictures message ?
you have to jailbreak your phone to do MMS
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you have to jailbreak your phone to do MMS
yes i know right now i have H2O when later in march expires i will get this straight talk in PR works very well but i need to check the correct apn for mms pic
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I have been using ST on my iP4S for a week now and the data, texts is useless. The only time data seems to function is late night. Despite having 3 bars in my apartment, iMessage does not work and even loading up Google takes forever. I have the correct APN settings and have tried even restoring the phone.

I also don't feel comfortable knowing there is a 100mb limit per day. So today in the morning none of my iMessages were going through and my email was not working properly, I just gave up and called AT&T to sign up for service.

Good luck to you guys.

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I have been using ST on my iP4S for a week now and the data, texts is useless. The only time data seems to function is late night. Despite having 3 bars in my apartment, iMessage does not work and even loading up Google takes forever. I have the correct APN settings and have tried even restoring the phone.

I also don't feel comfortable knowing there is a 100mb limit per day. So today in the morning none of my iMessages were going through and my email was not working properly, I just gave up and called AT&T to sign up for service.

Good luck to you guys.
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I have been using ST on my iP4S for a week now and the data, texts is useless. The only time data seems to function is late night. Despite having 3 bars in my apartment, iMessage does not work and even loading up Google takes forever. I have the correct APN settings and have tried even restoring the phone.

I also don't feel comfortable knowing there is a 100mb limit per day. So today in the morning none of my iMessages were going through and my email was not working properly, I just gave up and called AT&T to sign up for service.

Good luck to you guys.
There is a 100mb limit a day? I thought it was unlimited with it being advised to stay under 2gigs for the month
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Hi all and greetings from the UK!

I need to get my SIM sorted for a trip to NYC in March.

I have a Vonage account, which gives me unlimited calls to US mobiles & landlines, I also think I can set it to forward to the US mobile number I get, so that will work fine for people ringing me, but I'm also interested in outgoing calls and more importantly data access...

Can I pick one of these Straight talk SIMs up and will it be ok for me to use in my unlocked iPhone 4 (purchased from Apple store in London)?

If not, does anyone know of any SIM deals with data that I can use for my week in NYC (preferably one that I can order in advance so I have it for when I land).

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Hi all and greetings from the UK!

I need to get my SIM sorted for a trip to NYC in March.

I have a Vonage account, which gives me unlimited calls to US mobiles & landlines, I also think I can set it to forward to the US mobile number I get, so that will work fine for people ringing me, but I'm also interested in outgoing calls and more importantly data access...

Can I pick one of these Straight talk SIMs up and will it be ok for me to use in my unlocked iPhone 4 (purchased from Apple store in London)?

If not, does anyone know of any SIM deals with data that I can use for my week in NYC (preferably one that I can order in advance so I have it for when I land).

Cheers.
Should work just fine in NYC. It's $45 for the month of service, plus $15 for the MicroSIM itself.
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Should work just fine in NYC. It's $45 for the month of service, plus $15 for the MicroSIM itself.
Excellent, thank you.

Now the next question is how do I go about getting one!?
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